Matteo Rizzo

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Matteo Rizzo
2018 EC Matteo Rizzo 2018-01-19 21-14-11.jpg
Rizzo in 2018
Personal information
Country representedItaly
Born (1998-09-05) 5 September 1998 (age 20)
Rome, Italy
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
CoachFranca Bianconi, Valter Rizzo
Former coachIlaria Ponti, Angela Puglisi
ChoreographerCorrado Giordano, Massimo Scali, Vakhtang Murvanidze
Former choreographerValter Rizzo
Skating clubIcelab Bergamo
Former skating clubSesto Ice Skate
Training locationsBergamo
Former training locationsSesto San Giovanni
Courmayeur
Began skating2006
World standing24 (2017–18)
35 (2016–17)
40 (2015–16)
77 (2014–15)
106 (2013–14)
ISU personal best scores
Combined total232.98
2017 CS Warsaw Cup
Short program85.51
2018 CS Lombardia Trophy
Free skate157.34
2017 CS Warsaw Cup

Matteo Rizzo (born 5 September 1998) is an Italian figure skater. He is the 2018 World Junior bronze medalist and 2017 JGP Italy champion. On the senior level, he is the 2018 NHK Trophy bronze medalist and 2018 Italian national champion, and has won three ISU Challenger Series medals, including gold at the 2017 CS Warsaw Cup. He represented Italy at the 2018 Winter Olympics, qualifying to the free skate and finishing 21st overall.

Personal life[edit]

Matteo Rizzo was born on 5 September 1998 in Rome.[1] His parents, Brunilde Bianchi and Valter Rizzo,[2] and sister, Francesca Rizzo, all competed in ice dancing.[1]

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Rizzo began learning to skate in 2006.[3] He competed internationally on the novice level in the 2010–2011 and 2011–2012 seasons, winning silver at the Triglav Trophy in April 2012. His junior international debut came in September 2012, at the Ice Star event in Belarus.

2013–2014 season[edit]

Rizzo debuted on the ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) series in September 2013, placing 11th at an event in Slovakia, and won the Italian national junior title in December. In January–February 2014, making his senior international debut, he finished 9th at the Bavarian Open and 5th at the Dragon Trophy, before taking the silver medal at the Hellmut Seibt Memorial. He competed at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria but was eliminated after placing 30th in the short program.

2014–2015 season[edit]

Rizzo placed 15th at his sole JGP assignment, in Germany. Competing on the senior level from November to December, he won silver at the Merano Cup, bronze at the Warsaw Cup – his ISU Challenger Series (CS) debut – gold at the Denkova-Staviski Cup, and silver at the Italian Championships. In January 2015, he placed fourth at the 2015 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in Austria. His final event of the season was the 2015 World Junior Championships, held in March 2015 in Tallinn, Estonia. Rizzo qualified for the free skate by placing 20th in the short program and finished 22nd overall.

2015–2016 season[edit]

Rizzo continued on the JGP series, placing 5th at his assignments in Austria and Spain. He earned a bronze medal at the 2015 CS Denkova-Staviski Cup and finished 5th at the 2015 CS Warsaw Cup. He reached the free skate at two ISU Championships – the 2016 Europeans in Bratislava, and the 2016 Junior Worlds in Debrecen, Hungary. He placed 13th at both events.

2016–2017 season[edit]

Rizzo competed at JGP events in Germany and Spain, finishing 12th and 8th, respectively. He placed 11th at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Taipei and 30th at the 2017 World Championships in Helsinki.

2017–2018 season[edit]

Rizzo began his season in September, at two senior-level competitions. After placing 5th at the 2017 CS Lombardia Trophy with a new free skate personal best, he finished 4th at the 2017 CS Nebelhorn Trophy, qualifying Italy a spot in the men's discipline at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

In October, Rizzo competed at two JGP events. He placed second in the short program at the JGP Poland in Gdańsk, but his placement in the free skate (10th) dropped him to 6th overall. Ranked second in the short and first in the free, he won the gold medal at JGP Italy in Egna, setting new personal bests for the short program as well as his overall score.

Returning to the senior level, Rizzo won gold at the 2017 CS Warsaw Cup, having placed first in both segments ahead of Switzerland's Stéphane Walker and Canada's Liam Firus. In December, he won the national title and was selected to represent Italy at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2018-2019
[4]
  • Volare
    performed by Luca Longobardi

Rolling Stones Medley

2017–2018
[1]
2016–2017
[3]
2015–2016
[6]
  • Malagueña
    by Ernesto Lecuona
    performed by Brian Setzer
2014–2015
[7]
  • Neph
  • Buckjump
2013–2014
[8]
  • The Kid
  • Meeting the Millionaire
  • City Lights
  • Nonsense Song

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

International[9]
Event 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19
Olympics 21st
Worlds 30th 17th
Europeans 13th 9th
GP NHK Trophy 3rd
GP Skate America 4th
CS Denkova-Stav. 3rd
CS Finlandia 6th
CS Lombardia 5th 4th
CS Nebelhorn 4th
CS Warsaw Cup 3rd 5th 6th 1st
Bavarian Open 9th 5th
Cup of Tyrol 2nd
Denkova-Staviski 1st 1st
Dragon Trophy 5th
Golden Bear 4th
Hellmut Seibt 2nd 6th 7th
Merano Cup 2nd 2nd
MNNT Cup 1st
International: Junior[9]
Junior Worlds 30th 22nd 13th 11th 3rd
JGP Austria 5th
JGP Germany 15th 12th
JGP Italy 1st
JGP Poland 6th
JGP Slovakia 11th
JGP Slovenia 8th
JGP Spain 5th
EYOF 4th
Bavarian Open 4th
Crystal Skate 6th
Ice Star 4th
Lombardia Trophy 3rd 2nd
Santa Claus Cup 5th
International: Advanced novice[10]
Bavarian Open 3rd
Gardena 7th
NRW Trophy 9th
Mont Blanc 2nd
Triglav Trophy 2nd
National[9]
Italian Champ. 4th J 5th J 1st J 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st
J = Junior level; TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew

Detailed results[edit]

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships. At team events, medals awarded for team results only.

2018–19 season
Date Event SP FS Total
9–11 November 2018 2018 NHK Trophy 4
77.00
3
147.71
3
224.71
Oct. 19 – 21, 2018 2018 Skate America 5
78.09
5
147.72
4
225.81
4–7 October 2018 2018 CS Finlandia Trophy 6
76.53
7
141.15
6
217.68
12-16 September 2018 2018 CS Lombardia Trophy 4
85.51
4
142.46
4
227.97
2017–18 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
19–25 March 2018 2018 World Championships Senior 18
77.43
17
148.01
17
225.44
5–11 March 2018 2018 World Junior Championships Junior 6
70.24
6
141.34
3
211.58
14–23 February 2018 2018 Winter Olympics Senior 23
75.63
19
156.78
21
232.41
9–12 February 2018 2018 Winter Olympics (team event) Senior 5
77.77
4
156.11
4T
15–21 January 2018 2018 European Championships Senior 6
78.26
9
141.17
9
219.43
13–16 December 2017 2018 Italian Championships Senior 1
84.82
1
158.38
1
243.20
22–25 November 2017 2018 Cup of Tyrol Senior 3
73.70
2
149.73
2
223.43
16–19 November 2017 2017 CS Warsaw Cup Senior 1
75.64
1
157.34
1
232.98
10–14 October 2017 2017 JGP Italy Junior 2
77.24
1
151.94
1
229.18
4–7 October 2017 2017 JGP Poland Junior 2
74.51
10
118.28
6
192.79
27–30 September 2017 2017 CS Nebelhorn Trophy Senior 5
72.97
2
150.30
4
223.27
14–17 September 2017 2017 CS Lombardia Trophy Senior 6
71.67
3
155.35
5
227.02
2016–17 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
29 March – 2 April 2017 2017 World Championships Senior 30
63.14
- 30
63.14
15–19 March 2017 2017 World Junior Championships Junior 13
68.53
11
128.94
11
197.47
14–19 February 2017 2017 Bavarian Open Senior 5
65.39
3
129.79
5
195.18
14–17 December 2016 2017 Italian Championships Senior 2
74.47
2
142.27
2
216.74
17–20 November 2016 2016 CS Warsaw Cup Senior 3
66.55
6
129.48
6
196.03

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Matteo RIZZO: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 16 November 2017.
  2. ^ Golinsky, Reut (2 November 2017). "Catching up with Franca Bianconi". Absolute Skating.
  3. ^ a b "Matteo RIZZO: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 30 May 2017.
  4. ^ Cite error: The named reference ISU-1819 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  5. ^ AbsoluteSkating [@absoluteskating] (25 March 2018). "#Milano2018 #WorldFigure Exhibition program - music & timing" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ "Matteo RIZZO: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 27 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Matteo RIZZO: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 23 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Matteo RIZZO: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 21 June 2014.
  9. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Matteo RIZZO". International Skating Union.
  10. ^ "Matteo Rizzo". tracings.net.

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